Tank Biathlon in Russia

IAS Prelims 2023

A tank biathlon is a mechanised military sport developed by the Russian military with some similarities to the winter sport of biathlon.

It utilizes the complex training of tank crews including their rough terrain passing skills combined with the ability to provide accurate and rapid fire while performing maneuvers.

In 2017, fourth Tank Biathlon took place in Alabino, Moscow Region. Most counties uses same type of vehicle as previous year such as T-72B3 and Type-96B with the exception of India fielding with T-90 Bhishma.

After seven days of contests, Team Russia won 11 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze awards and finished 1st in the overall ratings, and Team China achieved second place with 7 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

Following countries participated:

1 Russia
2 China
3 Kazakhstan
4 Belarus
5 Serbia
6 India
7 Azerbaijan
8 Mongolia
9 Armenia
10 Kyrgyzstan
11 Angola
12 Iran